Coláiste Feirste

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Coláiste Feirste
7 Beechview Park
Belfast, BT12 7PX
Northern Ireland
School type Irish-medium
Motto Is Gael Mise
(I am an Gael)
Opened 1991
School board Education Authority (EA), Belfast Region
Principal Garaí Mac Roibéard
Teaching staff circa 47
Enrolment circa 600
Hours in school day 6 hours ten minutes (normal school day)
Feeder schools Irish-medium schools

Coláiste Feirste is the only secondary-level Irish-medium school in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Previously known as Méanscoil Feirste, the gaelscoil is located in the west of the city in a new facility on Belfast's Falls Road. Founded in 1991 with just nine pupils, today the school has more than 600 pupils and circa 47 teachers.[1]

The school was first situated in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich and was opened under the care of the first school principal Fergus O'Hare who was replaced in 2002 by Garaí Mac Roibéard as principal.[citation needed] He was then replaced by Micheal Mac Giolla Ghunna until 2015 when Garaí Mac Roibéard replaced him to become the current principal. The school's uniform consists of a distinctive green blazer, jumper, and black trousers or green skirt. The school is now situated in Beechmount.

History of School Building[edit]

Beechmount was the former family home of the Riddel family.[2]

Notable Former Pupils[edit]

Ex-Lord Mayor of Belfast, Niall Ó Donnghaile attended Coláiste Feirste during the 1990s and 2000s.


  1. ^ Headteacher’s Welcome Archived 2009-01-26 at the Wayback Machine., accessed 16 August 2009
  2. ^ McClelland, Gillian (2005) Pioneering Women: Riddel Hall and Queen's University Belfast, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast

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Coordinates: 54°35′30″N 5°58′19″W / 54.59167°N 5.97194°W / 54.59167; -5.97194